From trivago to Pepper.com: Soenke Kisker becomes new CFO of HotUKDeals’ parent company
London, Thursday 31stMay, 2018: Pepper.com, the world’s largest shopping community that includes HotUKDeals in the UK, has strengthened its management with the appointment of Soenke Kisker as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who, since April 2018, has been responsible for the financial strategy of the platform that hosts 25 million unique users/month.
Kisker previously held a senior commercial position at trivago, joining in 2014 and playing a major role in the execution of trivago's Initial Public Offering on NASDAQ in 2016. He has since established capital market-related functions in the financial sector.
Soenke Kisker first completed an apprenticeship in foreign trade before studying Business Economics in Maastricht and graduating at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management with periods abroad in New York, Shanghai and Bangalore, India as Master of Business Administration in General Management (MBA). He has held leading positions in the digital industry since 2013 – building the global finance department for Panna Cotta (now: Savings United), a coupon company active in 16 countries, and later for trivago. From 2014, Kisker focused on building the Finance global function at trivago and was substantially involved in preparing trivago’s IPO on NASDAQ. After the IPO in December 2016, he was responsible for trivago's capital market-related Financial Planning, Analysis and Treasury departments.
Fabian Spielberger, founder and CEO of Pepper.com, said, "We are delighted to have gained an internationally experienced and ambitious manager in Soenke and we are confident that Soenke and his team will contribute significantly to the further global growth of Pepper.com and our local brands.”
Soenke Kisker, CFO of Pepper.com, said, "Fabian and his team have written a unique success story in Germany and Europe in the last fourteen years without any financing rounds and have developed Pepper.com into a highly attractive company with a strong market position and great growth prospects. I am looking forward to being part of this success story and to working together to shape further growth."
Pepper.com was formed in June 2014 from a merger of the market leaders HotUKDeals (UK) and mydealz (Germany), which have been active since 2004 and 2007 respectively. Today, Pepper.com operates social commerce portals in 14 countries on four continents.
Every month, 25 million unique users publish, discuss and evaluate around 95,000 offers from online shops, classic retailers and providers in the media and finance sectors. In total, Pepper.com influences 12,000 purchase decisions per minute and is thus the world's largest shopping community.
Pepper Media Holding GmbH (Pepper.com for short) was founded in June 2014 by Paul Nikkel and Fabian Spielberger as a merger of their social commerce platforms HotUKDeals and mydealz, which have been in operation since 2004 respectively 2007, has its headquarters in Berlin and employs around 200 people here and in Belo Horizonte, Guadalajara, London, Lyon, Mumbai and Winnipeg. With 25 million unique users per month, Pepper.com is the world's largest shopping community and operates social commerce portals in 14 countries on four continents. Smart shoppers from Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea and the USA use the Pepper.com platforms to post and rate offers from classic and online retailers and buy products at the best conditions on the market. For retailers and manufacturers, Pepper.com plays an important role in conversion-oriented marketing and influences 12,000 purchase decisions per minute.
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About Pepper Media Holding
Pepper.com, the world's largest shopping community, was founded in 2014 by Fabian Spielberger and Paul Nikkel. Through international partnerships and conversations, Pepper.com gives smart shoppers around the world a voice to share deals, tips and ideas, connecting members in eleven countries on four continents. The Pepper.com group is headquartered in Berlin/Germany with offices in Belo Horizonte, Guadalajara, London, Lyon, Mumbai and Winnipeg and consists of market-leading platforms such as Dealabs (France), DesiDime (India), HotUKDeals (United Kingdom), mydealz (Germany), Pelando.com.br (Brazil), Pepper NL (The Netherlands), Pepper PL (Poland), Pepper.ru (Russia), Preisjaeger (Austria) and PromoDescuentos (Mexico). These platforms are currently used by more than 25 million smart shoppers and influence 12,000 buying decisions every minute.